Padjalanta/Badjelánnda means the higher land in Lulesámi. The Padjelanta National Park is a part of the World Heritage Site Laponia, together with Sarek, Muddus/Muttos and Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorkke National Parks, as well as Sjaunja Nature Reserve. Padjelanta is Sweden’s largest national park, right next the Norwegian border. Göran took his friends there for hike this summer – and brought us along.
Padjelantaleden (the Padjelanta Trail) is about 150 km long and wends through parts of the National Park. You can start your hike from Ritsem or Kvikkjokk. It’s a fairly easy hike, with most cabins situated about 13-15 km apart, but sometimes a bit further.
This summer, I, and some friends of mine, hiked along parts of Padjelantaleden.
There are daily helicopter flights to Stáloluokta from Ritsem and Kvikkjokk. For our hike, we chose to fly from Ritsem to Stáloluokta, hike to Änonjálmme and get back to Ritsem by boat. It’s a 5-6 day pleasant hike with easily hikeable paths, over footbridges, and not as rocky as one might expect for the mountain area.
The cabins are of good standard and you can buy provisions at most sites, sometimes even fish and fresh bread.